Looking for a “grate” way to introduce healthier family-friendly meals while having fun with the kids? This tasty mac-n-cheese recipe not only lets the kids help with grating, measuring, and mixing, but it lets you monitor the salts, sugars, and fats more closely than the boxed alternatives. Having the ability to opt for whole foods (or ever just choosing items with an expiration date) can have a big impact on the nutritional quality of your family dinners, not to mention the fun of cooking together! So the next time you grab for a box of mac-n-cheese think twice. The thing that might surprise you most about this recipe is it is made with ingredients that are already have in your kitchen.
Special thanks to Family Wellness Healthy cooking instructor Elle for sharing this “grate” family friendly recipe.
- 1 1/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (about 6 ounces) Try to introduce whole wheat pasta or quinoa pasta!
-1 cup 1% low-fat milk or the milk you have on hand in your fridge
-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour- use unbleached not “enriched”
-1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese- buy a block of cheese and let the kids shred it!
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-Pepper to taste
1. Cook pasta according to package directions- omitting salt and oil. Drain.
2. Combine milk and flour into a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes while constantly stirring with a whisk.
3. Add cheese, salt, and pepper. Continue stirring until smooth.
4. Add pasta and cover with cheese sauce. Let stand for 4 minutes.